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Yearly Archives: 2011

At Boone Tavern

Wed, 28 Dec 2011, 08:44 PM (-06:00)

My brother and I met at the airport in Louisville. He had flown from Chicago and I from Austin. He rented a car and drove us to Berea. Berea, Kentucky is not all that large, and Boone Tavern is hard to miss. We found it despite my dubious performance as a navigator, and we pulled […]

Christmas Eve

Sat, 24 Dec 2011, 10:23 PM (-06:00)

We made quick work of that cornish hen in spite of the orgy of corn bread and butter that we had earlier in the day. There are presents beside the fireplace, wrapped and waiting for tomorrow morning. There are dogs snoozing in their foo-foo sweaters, exhausted from the day. Ben will be coming back from […]

Sunrise: Exercise #3

Fri, 23 Dec 2011, 06:02 PM (-06:00)

Sunrise 3 Your days are dull and pass uneventfully. With the days of your youth far behind you and your days of shining dreams dashed by the years, you find it hard to smile. You can’t jump for joy, because there is so little to jump over. You live your life with a cloud hanging over […]

Sunrise: Exercise #2

Fri, 23 Dec 2011, 05:26 PM (-06:00)

Sunrise 2 “What’s that?” the boy asked his father. There was a tremble in his voice. The jet was roaring, and their seats where shaking as they raced down the runway. “We’re taking off,” his dad said, nodding to the window. “Watch.” The boy turned and put his nose to the window. White lines on […]

Sunrise: Exercise #1

Fri, 23 Dec 2011, 04:50 PM (-06:00)

Sunrise 1 It is bright out there. Yellow sun and shining lakes. Sunrise from the air.

Two Stratotankers

Fri, 23 Dec 2011, 12:25 AM (-06:00)

I looked out across the runway and saw five Stratotankers sitting in a row. And a sixth in a hanger. They quietly sat there on the far side of the airfield as commercial planes came and went. As I stood at the window of the terminal, two of the jets began to move. Together they […]

Nothing More

Tue, 20 Dec 2011, 11:04 PM (-06:00)

I look down upon an endless sea of white cloud tops lit by the morning sun chasing away the shadows of night. I look out and see this once, and I start writing. And then twice, and I write some more. And then a third time. After an hour has passed and we begin our […]

Is That a Journal?

Tue, 20 Dec 2011, 10:35 PM (-06:00)

She wore a white sweater and had a pink scarf wrapped around her neck and a fuzzy coat with leopard-like spots. She turned to him as he sat in the window seat writing in a small, gray notebook. “Is that a journal?” she asked. He set his pencil down and turned to her. “Yes it […]

Love Field in the Morning

Mon, 19 Dec 2011, 10:56 PM (-06:00)

We drop out of clear blue skies of morning into clouds that looked so soft from 10,000 feet. The airplane jumps and rolls.The water on the lakes is still.The highways are empty. The city sleeps. Flaps extended. We pass over apartment blocks and office parks and the Cotton Bowl. Strip malls along quiet morning streets race […]

Remarkable Sky

Mon, 19 Dec 2011, 10:36 PM (-06:00)

Thousands of feet below the Southwest Airlines 737, there’s an endless blanket of billowing cloud tops. And there’s a thin sliver of pink in the eastern sky. The sun is rising. Day is coming soon. To the west, the full moon is setting, just now coming out of eclipse. I dash from one side of the […]